Ratings: Versus World Series, Chuck Spies Series Low While Grimm Scares Up Strong Debut

It seems that Chuck should have followed the Gifted Man‘s lead and sat the bench.

Facing stiff competition from Game 7 of the World Series — which appears on pace to improve on Game 6 by some 17 percent, final numbers due later — Chuck‘s fifth and final season premiere delivered 3.4 million total viewers and registered a mere 1.0 demo rating amongst the coveted 18-49 crowd.

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UPDATED: For comparison’s sake, Chuck‘s Season 4 opener drew 6 mil and a 2.1, NBC’s School Pride in the Friday lead-off spot last fall did 2.9 mil/0.9; and NBC’s comedy repeats a week ago averaged 1.8 mil/0.6.

In its time slot, Chuck placed fourth in viewers and tied the Gifted Man rerun and Extreme Makeover‘s first half for a distant, distant second in the demo (behind baseball).

 The Chuck premiere as well as the debut of NBC’s Grimm will repeat tonight at 8 and 9 pm, respectively.

Turning to NBC’s Grimm at 9 o’clock, it scared up 6.5 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, building greatly on Chuck‘s lead-in. The supernatural newbie easily placed No. 2 in the demo (far, far behind baseball), but was edged out by the CSI: Miami repeat in total viewers.

Among the other fresh fare daring to air Friday, The CW’s Nikita (1.8 mil/0.6) drew a few more eyeballs while staying flat in the demo, while Supernatural (1.7 mil/0.7) dipped 10 percent opposite Grimm.